Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging with Christen Brown
This project combines vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons, lace and cotton fabrics. The hankies will be your focal point, with ribbon, lace and appliques used as useful camouflage. Both traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches will be used to embellish the edges and inner sections of the hankies. Free standing elements and embellishments that will be added are appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers all made from bits of fabric. Vignettes with silk ribbon embroidery and ribbonwork flowers will be embroidered throughout the hanky base. Buttons, charms and beads will be added in here and there to finish the project.
The finished project can be turned into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply. Student must be familiar with all forms of embroidery stitches before class, as no stitches will be demonstrated during class time. Student must also have both machine and hand-sewing skills.
Week 1: Creating The Base $20.00
The base of the project is created with hankies, linens, fabric and ribbon. Several different examples of hanky designs will be explored. Machine and hand sewing will necessary to finish the base, and will be need to completed at home before the next class.
Week 2: Fabric and Lace Embellishments $20.00
Learn to make free standing elements and embellishments: appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers, bird’s nests and more all made from bits of scrap fabrics and lace.
Week 3: Ribbonwork Components $20.00
The ribbonwork flowers that will be covered are: the rosette, posy, ruched petal flower, U-gather petal flower, rickrack flower and 3 petal fan. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills before class.
Week 4: Lace, Appliques and Embroidered Rows $20.00
Lace and small appliques will be stitched here and there, and embroidered rows of stitches will encrust the edges of the hankies. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.
Week 5: Floral Vignettes $20.00
Arrange and design fabric and ribbon components from Weeks 2 and 3. Stitch in additional elements and designs with silk ribbon embroidery. Student must be familiar with ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery stitches before class.
Week 6: Silk Ribbon Embroidered Roses, Buds and Flowers $20.00
Embroider smaller vignettes of roses, buds and other flowers around the larger vignettes and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with silk ribbon and traditional embroidery stitches before class.
Week 7: Decorative and Detail Stitches $20.00
Embroider decorative and detail stitches along the border rows, and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with traditional embroidery stitches before class.
Week 8: Bugs, Buttons, Charms and More $20.00
Embroider small detail stitches like spiders, butterflies, and dragonflies. Add in buttons charms and a few beaded stitches to complete the vignettes and border rows.
Week 9: Finishing Touches $20.00
Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and additional finishing touches will be covered.
This class is held on Thursday afternoons, from 12:30 – 2:30.
6185 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111
For additional information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:
Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen